What is pacemaker camp?

This camp was created in 2000 by Dr. Charles Berul and Kathleen Barrett, a nurse working with him then, caring for kids who live implanted pacemakers and ICD's.  Many of the children also have Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Their goal was to create a safe, fun environment for these unique kids, who may not have other opportunities to attend a regular camp. Both have since moved to different states but the legacy continues. 2010 was the first year Dr. Berul was not there with the kids. They lost a friend, and also the fundraising resource.

This special camp provides a unique opportunity for children with these implanted devices to experience organized activities and outdoor adventure that they may not be able to at regular camps. In the past eleven years, camps have been a tremendous success, and continue to be an anticipated highlight for many children.  Initially an annual event, then bi-annual, pacemaker camp is now an annual event again. Every year kids have such an amazing experience that they can hardly wait to return the following year!

Camp is a magical place where children explore the outdoors, try unique and challenging activities, make new friends, and learn about themselves.  For many of these children, camp is one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.
We strive to foster growth in each camper's self-confidence, sense of responsibility, understanding of others, and decision making skills while helping them enjoy camp's fun and excitement.  The philosophy of our adventure program is to provide children with a wide array of activities and experiences that supports them in choosing and celebrating their own level of challenge in a safe and supportive community environment. 

We strive to provide the highest quality camp experience for children.  Thanks to our generous donors and “Keeping the Beat” annual fundraiser 5K/Fun Run.

Exciting Activities

Camp Burgess in Sandwich, MA is the current location for our weekend camp. This camp has various programs and activities for campers of all ages to participate in.  Whether you're interested in exploring the ocean life at Cape Cod, climbing to the top of a rock wall, kayaking or canoeing around the pond, paddling, island exploring, craft making, or archery Camp Burgess offers it all to its campers!

About Pacemaker Camp at Camp Burgess:


  • Acres of woods and lakes
  • Miles of walking/biking/running trails
  • Large fields for various recreational activities
  • Pond for canoeing and kayaking
  • Island to explore and overnight camping
  • Dining hall that provides and serves 3 hearty, nutritious meals a day
  • Heated cabins with bunk-beds, electricity and bathroom facilities

Health & Safety

  • Nurse and MD onsite during pacemaker camp
  • Electrophysiology medical personnel
  • On-call physician and emergency medical facility
  • All staff are CPR/first-aid trained and certified 
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